Tag Archives: California

California Bill Would Ban the Box from Applications and Delay Criminal History Questions until Job Offer

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Legislation introduced in California in February 2017 – Assembly Bill No. 1008 – would “Ban the Box” and prohibit employers in the state from including any question about an applicant’s criminal record on job applications or inquire into the conviction history of an applicant until that applicant has received a conditional offer. In addition, when conducting a criminal background check, the bill prohibits employers from considering, distributing, or disseminating specified information related to prior convictions. Continue reading

PASCO Sponsors Webinar on Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in California

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Professional Association of Sonoma County (PASCO) is sponsoring a live webinar entitled ‘Negligent Hiring and Background Checks in California – Best Practices and Legal Compliance’ presented by noted background check expert Attorney Lester Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR). To register for this webinar, which is scheduled from 8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, March 17, 2017, please visit the PASCO website at http://pascohr.org/event-expresso-events-list/. Continue reading

California FTB Warns Businesses and Individuals about Tax Identity Theft and Refund Fraud Scams

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) has issued a warning to businesses and individuals that tax identity theft and refund fraud schemes where criminals steal an employee’s information and file a fraudulent tax return to claim and redirect a taxpayer’s refund are off to a fast start this filing season. Continue reading

California FEHC Approves Regulations for Employers Using Criminal Records of Applicants and Employees

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On January 10, 2017, the California Fair Employment & Housing Council (FEHC) approved regulations first proposed in 2016 that restrict the use of criminal records of job applicants and employees by employers in hiring and other employment decisions. The new regulations from the FEHC – the state agency charged with enforcing California’s civil rights laws – will likely take effect on July 1, 2017. Continue reading

City of Los Angeles Issues Ban the Box Ordinance Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles Department of Public Works (DPW) Bureau of Contract Administration (BCA) has issued an Individualized Assessment and Reassessment Form to help employers comply with the Ban the Box law called the Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance (FCIHO) that took effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Safe Hiring Expert to Present Webinar on California Background Checks

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Attorney Lester S. Rosen, founder and CEO of Employment Screening Resources® (ESR), will present a live webinar for Business and Legal Resources (BLR) entitled ‘California Background Checks: Best Practices for Hiring in the Golden State’ on Thursday, February 23, 2017, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. To register for this webinar, visit http://store.blr.com/ca-background-checks-022317. Continue reading

Los Angeles Ban the Box Ordinance Takes Effect January 22

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

On December 9, 2016, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law a Ban the Box ordinance called the Fair Chance Initiative that requires employers to remove questions about criminal history from job applications and restricts them from asking job applicants about criminal convictions until after a conditional offer of employment. The law takes effect January 22, 2017. Continue reading

Sonoma County CA Court Workers Go on Strike

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

Sonoma County (CA) Superior Court workers have gone on strike after claiming contract negotiations broke down over pay and working conditions, as approximately 100 members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local No. 1021 carried picket signs and chanted slogans in front of the Hall of Justice in Santa Rosa, California, according to a report from the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Continue reading

New California Law Prohibiting Employers from Asking about Juvenile Criminal Records Takes Effect January 1

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

A new law – Assembly Bill (A.B.) No. 1843 – will take effect January 1, 2017, and amend Section 432.7 of the California Labor Code to prohibit employers from considering certain juvenile records for employment purposes or asking a job applicant to disclose information concerning certain juvenile records occurring while that person was subject to juvenile court law. Continue reading

Los Angeles to Ban the Box on Job Applications for Public and Private Employers

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Written By ESR News Blog Editor Thomas Ahearn

The Los Angeles City Council has voted to pass a ‘Fair Chance Initiative’ ordinance to “Ban the Box” from job applications and prevent public and private employers from asking applicants about criminal records while delaying background checks until conditional job offers, according to a blog on the website of Councilman Curren D. Price (District 9). The law will take effect January 22, 2017. (UPDATE: Mayor Garcetti signs historic Fair Chance Initiative into law.) Continue reading